BOOK CLUB AT THE BEACH: Promoting Resiliency and Respect for Transgender People of Color: A Marginalized and Misunderstood Population

PSCSW Clinical Book Discussion Program presents:

Book Title: Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Author: Janet Mock

Date:   Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Time: 11am-2pm | 3 CEUs
(Please arrive by 10:30 for refreshments and conversation)
Place: Margate, NJ (specific address and directions will be provided after registration)


Book description: With unflinching honesty and moving prose, Janet Mock relays her experiences of growing up young, multiracial, poor, and trans in America, offering readers honesty while imparting vital insight about the unique challenges and vulnerabilities of a marginalized and misunderstood population. Though undoubtedly an account of one woman’s quest for self at all costs, Redefining Realness is a powerful vision of possibility and self-realization, pushing us all toward greater acceptance of one another—and of ourselves—showing as never how to be unapologetic and real.

Rationale for suggesting this book: Janet Mock’s voice is under-represented in American culture: as a multiracial transgender woman, she can speak to the intersectional marginalization and violence with which many trans persons must contend. Hearing this marginalized perspective is instrumental to augmenting understanding of the difficulties that clients who share some or all of these identities are experiencing. It is also critical to read or hear these voices directly rather than conceptualizing trans people of color and transfeminine people as “other.”

Through the autobiographical story of one woman, we will explore the challenges that transgender people may face with their experiences of gender variance, with particular focus on transfeminine multiracial people of color.


Clinical objectives:
By reading this book and participating in the discussion, Participants will:

  1. Identify obstacles faced by transfeminine people of color.
  2. Define methods to promote resiliency and coping for transfeminine people of color.
  3. Examine ways in which living at the intersections of marginalized identities can impact trans people.
  4. Discuss means of clinically supporting trans youth.
  5. Explore sources of support to build hardiness.
  6. Define and practice trans-competent and antiracist language.

 Biography of presenters:

Kai Thigpen (they/them/theirs pronouns)
Since they obtained their MSS from Bryn Mawr College, Kai Thigpen, LSW, provides psychotherapy in community mental health settings. They specialize in working with members of the LGBTQIA+ population, people who have experienced trauma, clients presenting with traits of borderline personality disorder, and young adults. Kai has been an active participant in the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs' Community Leadership Pipeline and is excited to begin serving on a non-profit board as part of the program. When not working or engaging with their community, Kai enjoys reading, writing poetry, journaling, and playing the ukulele.


Kristin Baglieri (today, she/her/hers pronouns)
Kristin Baglieri, MSS, is a queer mixed-race Filipinx educator and social worker, who specializes in psychotherapy with LGBTQ+ folks of color. Her eldest anti-violence politics are informed by locality within her family of immigrants and survivors of war, genocide, and intergenerational trauma. After teaching children in a constructivist nursery school, fighting intimate partner violence at a nonprofit, and administrating the LGBT center at a small liberal arts college in upstate NY, Kristin returned to Philadelphia in 2008 to work closely with children at the early childhood and elementary school ages. From 2010 to 2016, she co-steered a local, queer and trans Asian-American grassroots organization. She completed social work school in September 2018, and has served as PSCSW’s LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Coordinator since October 2018. Today, Kristin continues: to community-organize and grow her social work practice within two radical social work groups, to offer literacy/learning support to emerging adults and adults at a community college, and to seek her professional home. She is particularly fond of utilizing narrative, relational, and attachment theories in the therapy room. Others have described her as warm, intentional, compassionate, and intelligent. Kristin finds joy in swimming and Tomie dePaola’s children’s books.


This is a PSCSW Members-Only Event.
Participants who attend this program must be present for its entirety in order to get the continuing education credits.


Cost: No charge for PSCSW Members to attend. There is a $10 fee for anyone wishing a CE certificate.

Cancellation Policy:
There is a $5 non-refundable administrative fee for any cancellation up to 48 hours prior to this program. No refund will be issued if less than 48 hours’ notice is given for this program.

Continuing Education Credits:
FOR PENNSYLVANIA SOCIAL WORKERS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS: This program is approved for 3 credits for professional workshops sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for Clinical Social Work, a state affiliate of the Clinical Social Work Association listed in Section 47.36 of Title 49, Chapter 47 of the PA Code, State Board of Social Work Examiners. This program is also approved for 3 credits for professional workshops for marriage & family therapists (Section 48.36) and professional counselors (Section 49.36).

FOR NEW JERSEY SOCIAL WORKERS: This program is approved for clinical or social and cultural competence credits. Attendance at programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where the criteria for membership is an academic degree in social work, are a valid source of continuing education credit (N.J.A.C. 13:44G-6.4(c)4).

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  • August 17, 2019
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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